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Cubs support Addison Russells second chance if he shows improvements

Cubs support Addison Russells second chance if he shows improvements
Published On: Mon, Feb 11
Sep 16, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles catcher Chance Sisco (15) turns away from home plate after being hit by the ball in the chin during the fourth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Cubs players said they stand by the front officea€™s decision to give Addison Russell a second chance after he was accused of physically and mentally abusing his ex-wife.

a€œWea€™re human. He made a mistake,a€ reliever Pedro Strop said at Cubs Convention last month. a€œIf he does the right thing, if he does whatever he needs to do, hea€™s going to be welcome to come back.a€

Said outfielder Albert Almora: a€œWe call Russell family, hea€™s a brother a€¦ From what we heard and communicating with Addison, the way hea€™s dealing with things, if he continues to do that, wea€™ll welcome him back with open arms. Leta€™s let him gain our trust again.a€

But his teammatesa€™ support doesna€™t take away from the distraction they might face when Russell reports for spring training in Mesa, Arizona.

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